My Kitchen Rules wins Wednesday; First Dates holds audience

My Kitchen Rules with just over 1.5 million viewers was the only Wednesday night TV show to crack one million metropolitan viewers.

Seven’s reality juggernaut was number one with 1,544,000 tuning in with the next four ranked programs news and public affairs. The second episode of Seven’s new observational series First Dates came in at number six, keeping all its debut audience with 877,000 this week, a tick above its premier that had 874,000.

The combination put Seven well clear of its rivals with 34.0% of the audience. Nine had 26.3%, Ten 16.7%, ABC 16.4% and SBS 6.6%.

The 6pm part of Seven News was number two for the night with 992,000 dropping to 953,000 at 6.30pm while Nine News started with 904,000 at 6pm and had 892,000 for the second half of the bulletin.

Also on Seven, Home and Away improved to 850,000 for another win at 7pm and the afternoon’s The Chase had 562,000 and 378,000. Later, Ramsay’s Hotel Hell averaged 403,000.

Meanwhile, on Nine, A Current Affair was down to 826,000 while 813,000 watched a new episode of The Big Bang Theory with 711,000 staying on for a repeat that followed. The Embassy improved this week to 489,000 and earlier, Hot Seat had 412,000 at 5.30pm while the late movie Olympus Has Fallen saw 326,000 tune in.

I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here was Ten’s top show again with 706,000 watching, even with last Wednesday’s epsidoe. Earlier, Ten Eyewitness News had 492,000, Family Feud 562,000 while The Project audience was 547,000 and 450,000. The return of Madam Secretary saw 400,000 tune in and The Good Wife had 246,000 with Hawaii Five-0 next on 91,000.

ABC News (788,000) topped the public broadcaster’s night, with 7.30 next best on 607,000. The Weekly with Charlie Pickering was down from 594,000 last week to 517,000 while Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery dropped 143,000 viewers to 502,000. Later, Adam Hills: The Last Leg Down Under had 384,000 and Black Comedy was well down to just 356,000.

Over on SBS, Tony Robinson’s Wild West (304,000) and 24 Hours in Emergency (253,000) proved most popular.

At breakfast, Today was back on top with 363,000 while Sunrise had 332,000 and ABC News Breakfast 91,000 and 50,000.

See Wednesday 10 February 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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